The UK Met Office has awarded the contract to replace the network of more than 190 automatic weather stations to a partnership between Campbell Scientific Ltd, whose weather stations are already used in large networks around the world and system integrator CSE-Servelec. Campbell’s weather stations will integrate with telemetry and software from CSE-Servelec who led the successful partnership bid in the early part of 2006.
The Met Office sites cover the length and breadth of the UK and include active airfields and standard – though often isolated - Met Office sites. Campbell’s weather stations are renowned for their ability to operate for long periods at remote sites on low-power, and the Met Office network will utilise Campbell’s new feature-packed CR1000 datalogger. The new weather stations will provide data for the UK Met Office for the next fifteen years. CSE Servelec is one of the largest independent system integrators of its kind in the UK and provide turnkey project management expertise for a large and growing portfolio of clients. From its purpose-built works and offices near Sheffield, the company employs over 120 people, with in excess of 80 involved in design and engineering. The key to CSE Servelec’s success is its broad spectrum of design, development and manufacturing capabilities, which range from demanding ‘real-time’ and software skills to innovative expertise in communications, database management information systems.
Campbell Sales Manager Andrew Stead, who spearheaded Campbell’s part of the bid process, said: “The contract to supply and install logging equipment across the UK Met Office's Surface Observation Network reinforces the role of Campbell Scientific products at the leading edge of environmental measurements. Working with the prime contractors CSE-Servelec, Campbell Scientific will be supplying and installing data logging equipment as part of the overall solution. The system will represent one of the most advanced national surface observation networks in the world. It is expected to provide the UK Met Office with a data acquisition and distribution system that will transform their business and research models over the coming 15 years. It provides Campbell Scientific with an outstanding reference from which to grow its business into Europe.”
The partnership with CSE-Servelec and successful Met Office tender provides another milestone for Campbell Scientific Ltd, who last year celebrated their 20th birthday with a record year for sales. 2006 has seen the levels achieved last year repeated and indeed bettered, whilst the company invests in a new extension to its purpose-built premises in Shepshed and a growing R&D facility with new sensors and systems being tested this year.
Steve Severn – Director of Business solutions for CSE-Servelec, stated this was a major project for both CSE-Servelec (CSE) and Campbell Scientific Limited (CSL). “The coming together of our two companies for this project, provides a strong solution of established data logging equipment from CSL and CSE’s own extensive expertise in data collection based on our SCOPE product and our business integration skills.”
Paul Arthur, Project Manager for MMS says, “I am delighted that Campbell Scientific will be providing this vital component of our surface observations network. This is the first phase of a major refurbishment of the overall Met Office observations network. This contract will supply a versatile observations delivery system that will more efficiently meet customer needs.”